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Portland Mayor Sends Out Disgustingly Tone-Deaf Tweet After Saturday’s Antifa Attacks

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Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon, is currently presiding over a city where he’s not in control due to the fact that he seems to have ceded all power to the domestic terrorist organization Antifa.

Portland is infested with Antifa members and the infection is only getting worse as time passes without Wheeler taking any measures against them. In fact, he seems to be in complete support of them given the fact that he’s reportedly ordered police to stand down and let Antifa do as they please in the past.

Portland is a city in chaos, yet according to Wheeler, it’s a beautiful city where nothing wrong is happening as evidenced by a tweet he sent out on Sunday, just a day after Antifa gathered en masse and forcefully attacked Trump supporters with deadly objects.

As the Daily Wire first reported, Wheeler sent out a tweet Sunday afternoon with a picture of him

and his wife holding hands as they walked into a market.

“Sundays in Portland,” tweeted Wheeler.

It’s a serene, peaceful picture that paints Portland as the friendly and quaint place popularized by media.

But here’s the real Portland.

Whether Wheeler is trying to lie to America to paint a rosy picture of Portland that defies Trump’s attention to it, or he’s trying to make it seem like Antifa was successful in fending off white supremacists from the city (as a Democrat on CNN suggested) he’s failing at both.

Wheeler comes off more as a false-leader, huckster, and a sociopath more than anything else, and the internet made sure he understood that.

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CNN and Democrats Run Defense for Antifa Again, Label the Attackers “Peaceful” Despite Clear Evidence

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“The most trusted name in news” is back to make you wonder whether or not we should send them screenshots containing the definitions of “trusted” and “news.” The consistent bronze medal finisher of cable news, CNN, seems to think that the violent group “Antifa” is worthy of defense yet again.

As both my colleague Alex Parker and I have written about previously, Antifa showed up in force to oppose Trump supporters at a Portland event over the weekend. Weapons were used by Antifa, including chunks of concrete, hammers, and more to physically attack those they considered to be their opponents. One man was beaten viciously and mocked while his wife attempted to protect him.

The evidence is undeniable. Antifa is a violent group that will gather together hordes of people in order to attack and intimidate those that disagree with them in any capacity.

But to CNN and elected Democrat officials, they are the good guys.

Democratic New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland appeared on the news network to discuss Antifa in Portland. After briefly discussing a tweet by Trump saying that there is “major consideration” for calling Antifa a terrorist organization and that Portland is being watched closely.

The CNN hostess first said that there is no government agency capable of designating a group as a domestic terrorist organization. This is mostly true, as there is no official list of domestic terrorist organizations, though some government bodies may label certain groups as such. The Obama administration’s DHS suggestively labeled Tea Partiers as potential domestic terrorists at one time.

Haaland was asked to give a reaction to the tweet, and what followed was one of the most nonsensical defenses of a violent group I’ve ever seen.

Haaland began with the typical “orange man white supremacist who incites violence” narrative you hear on repeat lately. This lead into Haaland calling Portland a “progressive city” and that it’s no surprise that Trump would side against the “peaceful protesters working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism.”

And with that, the interview was quickly over.

Let me break this down. A major media organization just brought on an elected Democrat official who proceeded to call the President a white supremacist and label the group physically attacking people with deadly weapons “peaceful protesters” who are trying to protect a city.

This is absolute lunacy and proof that the left has gone far off the deep end and right into delusion. Trump is not a white supremacist and he’s proven that repeatedly. Antifa is not a peaceful group, and they have proven that repeatedly. Yet here is the established left attempting to paint the entire situation as if they’re angels fighting a great evil.

If you were to strip away the chyrons and cameras and change the expensive outfits to regular street clothes, you would think these women were absolutely insane and not worth listening to. However, because they have a platform supported by millions of dollars, they are going to be taken seriously.

Because of this, the left will only fall deeper into delusion and Antifa will only grow in power and become more dangerous. This is absolutely irresponsible and a very real threat to our society. There’s fake news, and then there’s fake news that foments very real violence.

CNN and the Democrats are engaging in the latter.

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Video: Antifa Snuck In Concrete Chunks to Throw at Trump Supporters for Portland Event

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Antifa’s violence is only getting worse, and a new video shows that the domestic terrorist group is willing to injure someone gravely, possibly even fatally.

In a video posted by Elijah Schaffer, you can see as Antifa members open black cases containing chunks of concrete. Members can be seen breaking up the concrete and passing out the chunks. These chunks were then thrown at the windows of busses containing Trump supporters as the busses were stuck in traffic.

The occupants on the bus were in very real danger. As you can see, one of the bus doors opened and Antifa members immediately charged forward and began attacking Trump supporters. They attempted to pull the Trump supporters out, and at one point, one Antifa member began attacking a Trump supporter with a hammer. Upon not being able to reach him, the Antifa supporter threw the hammer at the man.

The individual who threw the hammer and wearing a “beta cuck 4 lyfe” t-shirt was identified and arrested with various weapons.

This is just another attack in the long list of attacks Antifa has carried out on Trump supporters. While the group is decentralized, it has cells and operatives all over the nation working under its banner, each of them willing and ready to resort to extreme violence in order to get their way.

At this time, it’s throwing rocks and hitting people with hammers, though it won’t be long until Antifa becomes brave enough to use more efficient means of attack through firearms and other deadly weapons.

At this time, Portland’s mayor more or less refuses to do anything about Antifa and called the day’s event “largely peaceful.”

“Given the continuing movement and the number of people involved, I am grateful that this was a largely peaceful event,” Mayor Ted Wheeler told reporters. “Police did an exemplary job of de-escalating the situation, keeping the extremists on both sides separate for the most part, and of limiting interactions between individuals.”

The event was far from peaceful. As Alex Parker covered previously, various attacks other than this one were carried out and police arrested one man who they thought may have had a gun. In the end, they were forced to literally retreat from Antifa.

Things are going to get worse before they get better at this rate.

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Dem rep: I’m not surprised to see Trump taking sides against peaceful protesters like … Antifa

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Via the Free Beacon, the typical spin from mainstream liberals is that Antifa is a group so small, inconsequential, and disorganized that it can’t even properly be described as a “group.” As such, worrying about it can only be an act of bad faith by the right, an attempt to distract from white nationalist violence. That Antifa might send a journalist to the hospital with a brain injury from time to time is neither here nor there. The fact remains that they’re like six kids from Portland.

Focus your attention on the right’s fringe, not ours.

What’s odd, and ominous, about this more ambitious spin from freshman Rep. Deb Haaland is that it whitewashes violence by Antifa *while also* implicitly justifying it. The people who confronted right-wing groups in Portland yesterday were “peaceful protesters,” Haaland asserts — which certainly wasn’t uniformly true…

…but it’s the word “safeguard” in her spiel that’s especially fragrant. What does that mean in context?

“This is on par with what the president does. He sides with the white supremacists, he sides with the white nationalists, with the domestic terrorists in our country,” Haaland said. “He’s incited violence against people of color. Portland is a progressive city. They want to ensure that they keep their city moving forward.”

“It’s not surprising that Trump would side away from the folks who are the peaceful protesters working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism. Just not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists,” Haaland continued. “That’s been his mode of operation since before he was elected president.”

Normally when we refer to “folks who are … working to safeguard their city from domestic terrorism,” we’re referring to the police. What Haaland’s doing here is lending that same sort of legitimacy to Antifa’s tactics, as if they’re some sort of neighborhood watch outfit and not a left-wing gang eager to bludgeon right-wing counterparts — and the occasional skeptical reporter, like Andy Ngo. Antifa rationalizes its own violence by insisting that it’s a matter of self-defense, that its fascist enemies surely will use violence against others *eventually* whether or not they’re doing so at a particular moment, in which case it’s within its rights to try to beat them into submission while it has the chance. Haaland’s making the same core point: If there are domestic terrorists in your midst then you’ve gotta do what you gotta do in order to “safeguard” your city. This is now a view that’s sufficiently mainstream as to be mouthed on television by a sitting member of Congress.

We shouldn’t be surprised. If the country is far enough along into its Weimar period to have gangs of ideologues swinging at each other in the streets, it’s far enough along to have members of the legislature defending their own side’s gang. Thirteen people were arrested in Portland yesterday, by the way. A half-dozen were injured.

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Portland: Proud Boys vs Antifa ends early without serious violence

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Today is the day the city of Portland has been worried about for several weeks. Various far-right groups including the Proud Boys are holding an “End to Domestic Terrorism” rally and far-left group including Antifa are holding a counter-protest. This morning even the president was thinking about Portland:

As I write this, things are just getting started but I’ll try to update the story below as the day goes on. After warnings from the Mayor and police for people to avoid downtown Portland things started off very quiet:

Eventually, people started showing up:

This is interesting. Antifa kid is talking to a police officer and a fellow member cuts him off. Antifa hates the police:

On the Antifa side, everyone who disagrees with them is just a Nazi:

The first minor skirmish of the day. The guy with no shirt appears in several other videos below.

From another angle. Notice Antifa is using hula hoops and umbrellas to block camera:

Antifa goons trying to get to where the Proud Boys are get turned back by police:

So far, police are doing a good job of keeping the two groups apart. That’s important for keeping things peaceful and it’s what police failed to do in Charlottesville.

Here’s the “bang it out” guy again:

“Sir, what do you believe in?” Uh, I think he’s telling you:

This is how Antifa maintains a safe space I guess:

The Proud Boys group marched across a bridge:

Someone got arrested for allegedly having a gun. Not sure which side he was on but Antifa are screaming at the cops as they march him away:

And it looks like this might be over:

I guess that’s the best-case scenario: No one seriously hurt in Portland. Meanwhile, there are other things going on in Portland that look like more fun:

But it seems this Antifa wasn’t quite done for the day:

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Not WOKE: Bill Maher BLASTS The BDS Movement Against Israel.

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The aftermath of a publicity stunt gone badly by Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar continued into Friday Night on the show hosted by super-duper progressive icon, Bill Maher. His once a week HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” usually is a launching pad for attacks on Trump or anyone supporting him.

Occasionally though he throws a curveball and last night was one of those nights.

From The Hill…

Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullshit purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to two U.S. congresswomen because of their support for the boycotts.

Maher drew applause in studio on his HBO show after declaring the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement supported by some congressional Democrats “a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”

“It’s predicated on this notion, I think – it’s very shallow thinking – that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” he said.

As I covered here yesterday Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory this has turned out to be a huge flop as a publicity stunt for BDS. However, Maher touches on a deeper point here that I have not seen many in the mainstream media make.

The very idea that United States CITIZENS who happen to be elected officials are aligned with this movement which is based on pure fantasy is maddening to the logical mind. That Tlaib and Omar are so unskilled at pulling off a publicity stunt likes this pretty much proves Nancy Pelosi’s point from a month back. These Freshman members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” are not ready for prime time yet.

When you have lost Bill Maher on something you might want to reexamine your whole overall outlook on things if you are a progressive. Luckily for us, these ladies will not do any such thing. They believe their cause is so righteous that they will not spend a moment for introspection on any of us.

Which means more goof-ups for us to watch for at least the next year and a half.

( Here is a short clip under two minutes from MRC-TC from Real Time)

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Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory

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How the “Public Relations” wheel spins round and round.

As I mentioned here yesterday in my piece here at Red State , I was worried that while Israel had every right to ban people coming into their country, they would get smeared P.R. wise.

From my article…

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

While I had people arguing with me about the point, I still stand by it. Everything is run through a P.R. lense and if you want to win the war you better understand these battles. Just saying it doesn’t matter is not enough and quite frankly wishful thinking.

Well, what a difference 24 hours can make.

One of the stated reasons for this visit was for Congressperson Rashida Tlaib to visit her 90-year-old Grandma. As she stated in her request for a humanitarian waiver from the Israeli government she may never get to see her Granmum again who resides in the West Bank of Israel.

(Sorry folks, there is no Palestine. You can blame the body double to former Beatle Ringo Starr, Yasser Arafat, for that debacle.)

As my colleague Bonchie covered here earlier today in this piece Rashida Tlaib Shuns Her Own Grandmother To Trash Israel maybe she was not expecting that waiver to be granted.

That request was granted by Israel with the only condition being that she not promote BDS. Within hours though, Tlaib had changed her mind.

Think about what she’s saying.

Her position is that she values promoting the anti-Semitic BDS movement so much that she’d rather let her grandmother die before visiting her if it means not getting to savage Israel for a few days. Who thinks like this?

Oops.

That backfired quickly.

I’m going to run with the theory that they believed not only would Israel block both of them from going to protest but also block the humanitarian request. When the government of Israel granted her request to visit her Grandmum she was put in a position she NEVER anticipated and she had to come up with some screwball excuse.

Yet that worked perfectly in favor of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu from a P.R. standpoint.

Yesterday they ganged up on some harmless ladies just wanting to go on a tour of the Holy Land. Today with Tlaib scrambling to come up with an excuse for NOT visiting her 90 yr old Matriarch she turned the whole narrative around.

In less than 24 hours. That is Trump-like impressive in terms of running a news cycle.

I can’t wait to see what the ladies of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” come up with next to do to not only try to knock Trump down a notch but also give Nancy Pelosi such a splitting headache she might send them overseas and not allow them back into the country. Which would be very Trump-like also and be another P.R.victory for POTUS 45.

God Bless America.

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Portland’s far left is not happy with Mayor Wheeler

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After the Antifa attack on reporter Andy Ngo became national news, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler decided to take a stand. Well, it wasn’t exactly a stand it was more of a vague statement about “some” who “chose to engage in violence.” Mayor Wheeler wanted these unnamed perpetrators (he never named Antifa) to know he wasn’t having it anymore.

This coming weekend Portland is expected to be the scene of another clash between far-right groups from out of town and homegrown far-left groups, especially Antifa. In anticipation of this, Mayor Wheeler put out a video statement once again saying he won’t tolerate the violence. He promised to “use whatever means necessary” (a phrase that should resonate with Antifa) to prevent violence. Yesterday, Wheeler also had a public gathering of civic leaders to make the point that the entire city is against violence in the streets. Again, it’s worth noting that the Mayor never mentioned Antifa by name. Still, Portland Mercury’s Blogtown reports local far-left activists are upset with the Mayor:

“What’s even more unsafe is letting these movements go unopposed,” says Effie Baum, spokesperson for Popular Mobilization, or PopMob, a group that organizes left-wing rallies. “If we don’t go, they’re going to continue to grow and continue to come back. Honestly, the growing far-right movement is far more dangerous than the decision to show up and oppose it.”

Baum believes the city’s pushback violates Portlanders’ constitutional right to protest…

Baum acknowledges that Portland’s various anti-fascist groups often use different tactics during protests. Some of them can turn violent.

“The bottom line is that we are all on the same team and we all have the same end goals,” Baum says, “which is we don’t want fascists feeling welcome in our community.”

Evan Burchfield, a spokesman for Portland’s Democratic Socialists (DSA) also expressed frustration with Mayor Wheeler’s civic unity event Wednesday:

DSA and other groups who plan on opposing the Proud Boys believe Wheeler’s event is simply an attempt to undercut the August 17 counter-protest.

“Mayor Wheeler has decided that the far-left is just as much as bad as the far-right,” Burchfield says. “And he’s engaging in the erroneous idea that if you just talk sensibly to these people, they will see how wrong they are.”

Actually, there’s good reason to think that right-wing groups would stop showing up in Portland if Antifa didn’t consistently show up in greater numbers and behave badly and often violently. Joe Biggs, the Proud Boys member who is organizing the protest scheduled for this Saturday has specifically said he is coming to confront Antifa: “That group of antifa there in Portland needs to be exposed for who they are.” The right-wing groups are offended by the idea that their views are forbidden in a major American city by a mob of thugs who behave as if they have been given police powers. That’s why these street battles keep happening in Portland, where Antifa has numbers, rather than in San Diego or Los Angeles.

The far-right says they aren’t coming to bring violence but will respond if attacked. Antifa is always willing to engage in violence and has said violence is “exactly what should happen when the far-right attempts to invade our town.” Hopefully, the police will do their job this weekend and keep the two groups apart so that no one gets hurt. But preventing that violence may mean arresting the masked anarchists who are there specifically for that purpose. It remains to be seen if Mayor Wheeler and Portland PD are up to the task.

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ICE Field Office Director Blames “Political Rhetoric” After Shots Fired Into San Antonio ICE Facility

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A suspect is in custody after shots were fired in the early Tuesday morning hours at an ICE facility in San Antonio, TX. KSAT has the details:

San Antonio police are questioning a man who they have in custody regarding a shooting that left windows shattered on several offices in a Northeast Side building.

Among the offices was one that houses the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division.

[…]

Officers said the ICE office is located on the 14th floor of the high rise.

They were not sure right away from where the shots were fired, or how they reached one of the top floors on one of the tallest buildings in the area.

Police also were not sure whether that office was targeted purposely or if it was hit randomly.

My San Antonio reports that police told them the shots may have been fired “possibly from across Loop 410”:

According to police, shots were fired possibly from across Loop 410, hitting the windows in the building, including the ICE office, officials said.

Per multiple local media reports, the suspect was taken into custody along Village Drive, which is nearby. Fortunately, no one was injured even though there were people in the buildings at the time.

Here are some photos from the scene:

The San Antonio FBI office issued a statement condemning the attacks:

A field office director for ICE was even more direct in his response, suggesting the department believes the attacks were motivated by anti-ICE rhetoric:

Since Democrats and the mainstream media never wait to find out the facts and review available evidence before assigning blame, we anxiously await condemnation from them on this disturbing case, especially from Squad leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), who should also be in the middle of drafting an apology statement.

Ocasio-Cortez’s “concentration camp” rhetoric on border detention centers was used by the Antifa terrorist who attempted to kill ICE workers at a Tacoma, WA facility last month. She has yet to condemn that attack, which means by her own standards she condones it.

Her rules and all.

Related –>> Irony: AOC, Whose Rhetoric Was Used By Anti-ICE Terrorist, Says Trump “Directly Responsible” For El Paso Tragedy

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Portland gets ready for another weekend of the far-right vs Antifa

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This coming Saturday the 17th is the date a collection of far-right groups has vowed to come to Portland for another protest of Antifa. And of course, Antifa has vowed to be there in numbers, ready to engage in violence against anyone they perceive to be a threat to their progressive safe space. Given that the last such confrontation resulted in national news after reporter Andy Ngo was beaten in the street and sent to the hospital, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Danielle Outlaw are looking to avoid a repeat. From the Associated Press:

Portland leaders are planning a major law enforcement presence on the heels of similar rallies in June and last summer that turned violent, and the recent hate-driven shooting in El Paso, Texas. None of the city’s nearly 1,000 police officers will have the day off, and Portland will get help from the Oregon State Police and the FBI. Mayor Ted Wheeler has said he may ask Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, to call up the Oregon National Guard…

Portland’s City Hall has been evacuated twice due to bomb threats after the June 29 skirmishes, and Wheeler, the mayor, has been pilloried by critics who incorrectly said he told police to stand down while anti-fascists went after right-wing demonstrators.

“I don’t want for one minute anyone to think that because we’re being thrust into this political show, that I or the public have lost confidence in (police officers’) ability to do what we do,” said Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, who is regularly heckled as she leaves City Hall by those who feel the police target counterprotesters for arrest over far-right demonstrators.

If you’ve watched any of the videos of Antifa marches in Portland, you probably already know that whenever there aren’t any right-wing groups to focus on, Antifa immediately turns on the Portland police. They frequently chant “all cops are bastards” as they march.

Antifa has also accused the police in Portland of “collusion” with the right because a police officer whose job was to coordinate with the dueling protests was in contact with the leader of Patriot Prayer. The claims are complete nonsense of course. The same police officer accused of being friendly with the right had previously been friendly with a member of Antifa and for the same reason: It’s his job to keep track of what the groups are planning to do in order to allow police to better keep them apart.

The person who is organizing this weekend’s protest is someone named Joe Biggs:

Biggs said those coming to Portland have been told not to bring weapons or start fights, but they will defend themselves if attacked.

Biggs toned down his online rhetoric after the El Paso shootings and urged followers coming to Portland to keep a cool head. He says he is not racist — he has a toddler daughter with his Guyanese wife — but wants to show the world antifa’s violent tactics.

“That group of antifa there in Portland needs to be exposed for who they are,” Biggs said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “And guess what? They should be scared.”

So Biggs isn’t exactly committed to non-violence and there’s no doubt where Antifa stands:

Portland’s Rose City Antifa, the nation’s oldest active anti-fascist group, says violence against right-wing demonstrators is “exactly what should happen when the far-right attempts to invade our town.”

So you have one group ready to fight and another ready to fight back. But allowing these opposing groups to get physical was the strategy embraced by the police in Charlottesville. The police chief there literally said “let them fight…” when the first reports of street brawls came in. Since then, police have mostly gotten the message that keeping opposing groups separated is the key to avoiding an escalation of violence. The Portland PD needs to do a much better job of that this weekend than they did when reporter Andy Ngo was attacked and put in the hospital.

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